13th Annual Early Career Scientist Convention, Cape Town, 9 - 11 October 2019

13th Annual Early Career Scientist Convention (ECSC): 9-11 October 2019

Theme: Progress not perfection: Balancing mental and physical health on your PhD journey
Venue: SAMRC Head Office, Cape Town
Hosted by: Research Capacity Development (RCD)

Dr Thabi Maitin, RCD staff and the scientific committee takes great pleasure in welcoming you to the 13th annual Early Career Scientist Convention. This year our convention offers a full programme starting with the Masterclasses on Day 1 and the Scientific Programme on days 2 and 3.  We are hoping that the Masterclasses will aid you with emotional and technical skills to successfully complete PhD studies while the scientific programme will give everyone the chance to share their research progress with their fellow scholars. A special thank you to our guest speakers and facilitators for availing their time and sharing their expertise with us and to the post doctorate fellows and scientist from  various units at the SAMRC who will be assisting us with the programme.

Wishing all an enriching and enjoyable meeting

Best wishes,


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Guest Speakers

Darren Shiloh Green

Darren Shiloh Green was born in Pietermaritzburg, where he lost his Dad to cancer at the age of 4. He later moved to Port Elizabeth where he attended Grey High School where he flourished in 3 provinial sports while becoming Matric of the Year as well as the Junior Mayor of Port Elizabeth.

He is an Alumnus of the University of Stellenbosch, where he completed both his undergraduate degree in Medicine and  4 years of postgraduate training in Neurology. During his Varsity years he achieved the honor of being selected for the Maties and WP U21 sevens squad and eventuallly was shortlisted for the SA U23 rugby squad to Singapore , before bowing out of competitive rugby in his senior years at University due to a shoulder injury. The singing doctor became a finalist in the first season of SA's POP IDOLS competition where he was a well-loved persona.

Darren went on to become an authority in the Media Health and Wellness space after gracing the radio airwaves on the 94.5 KFM Breakfast show with Ryan O Connor – this catapulted his popularity as one of the country’s most engaging health personalities. His influence then spread in print media where  he became a National columnist for IOL and had 2 weekly pieces in the Daily news in KZN as well as the Cape Argus. This has led to him taking the up the charge to spearhead many health and lifestyle initiatives nationwide. He is in the business of actual Health – challenging mindsets and paradigms pertaining to holistic wellness rather than just physical health. Darren loves simplifying complex medical issues and illuminating useful aspects for practical benefits to patients. His passion is teaching and empowering people with an understanding and insight into the mind/body connection and shifting human capacity.

Currently he consults globally on Executive Corporate applications of Neuroscience in both business and High performance sport. He is a senior Brain coach an neurowellness facilitator for Neurozone Global and speaks on pertinent Health matters linked to Behavioral Economics. In addition, he is actively still practising as an Emergency Physician at one of South Africas Leading Cardiac Units. In addition he operates on all Media platforms as a Lifestyle Wellness Consultant:

Dr. Goodman Sibeko

Dr Goodman Sibeko, MBChB, PhD serves as Head of Addiction Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town. His work has focused on interventions using non-specialist workers in the management of severe mental illness, and he has a developing research portfolio focused on task sharing models for the treatment of harmful substance use, mental health and HIV.  He serves as Co-Director of the South Africa HIV Addiction Technology Transfer Centre.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019 (All day) to Friday, October 11, 2019 (All day)